Virginia wind farm project delayed for a second time
EAGLE ROCK, Va. (AP) — The developer of what would be Virginia’s first commercial wind farm has delayed construction plans for the second time in two years.
Charlottesville-based Apex Clean Energy told The Roanoke Times Wednesday the company no longer plans to begin work on the Botetourt County project by the end of the year.
The company still plans to build 25 turbines on a mountain ridge that would generate 75 megawatts of power. But the timeline is uncertain.
Initial plans called for construction to begin at the end of 2016.
The company acknowledged in a recent public meeting it has not yet found a utility willing to purchase the power that would be generated.
Project opponents say the wind on that particular mountain ridge is not strong enough to make the project viable.
Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com